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Shame and White People Tears, #ThaddeusMcCarroll #WalterScott #EricHarris #OverIt

In Art & Culture by Zakiya JacksonLeave a Comment

Mmmmmmhhhhhhkay. You know when someone gets you up in your feelings? Gets you feeling some. Kinda. Way.  RHQ style. This happened to me recently.  Folk said something to me that triggered me y’all – and internally I was ready, talmbout Beygency type things like – excuse me do you know I woke up like this? You betta bow down… Externally, …

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CONTRIBUTION: 2nd Hand Shoes

In Art & Culture by CYM_Contributors1 Comment

by Ishara Bullock As I sit here in this room full of Black folk, it reminds me of a time when I was the only Black folk In a class so appropriately titled: Maintaining The Status Quo In Post Slavery America Ironically there were 14 White students, 1 white professor and me. The topic of discussion was that White girl …

Notes on Religious Freedom “Restoration”

In Politics by Kyle SouthernLeave a Comment

For those of us who identify as Christians, this is Holy Week—the time we remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus depicted in the Gospels. We remember his message to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Unfortunately, much media attention this week has focused on the legislative efforts in Indiana, Arkansas, Georgia, and elsewhere to license discrimination under …

CONTRIBUTION: Proud Pauper

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  Precious is a proud southerner turned mid-western foodie who loves people more than she loves good food and a good read. She candidly shares her predilections [bias, leaning, weakness & predisposition] on her blog -https://preciouspredilections.wordpress.com.   Sing with me. This song, “Papa was a Rolling Stone,” has the longest intro in the world and the dopest bass tab, but …

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I am Unapologetically Black

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I am unapologetically Black.       Except sometimes I do feel forced to apologize. Like declaring the need for more Black power is the same as saying I hate white people. Nope – skip that. I am unapologetically Black. I hate anti-Blackness and white supremacy shrouded in an evangelical white Jesus who burns crosses on my livelihood instead of hanging …

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5 Crazy Side Effects of Oppression

In Causes by N. Young5 Comments

Saturday, I took my bougie Black self to Trader Joe’s. I walked in behind a man of color who was wearing a hoodie and had the hood up. My initial thought was, “he should probably take that down so as not to scare the people in the store,” but then I thought, “what the hell are you thinking?!” This man …

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Boobs Like Bombs – A Thought Project

In Art & Culture by N. YoungLeave a Comment

Men love talking about their penises. This is what a group of my friends and I concluded a few nights ago. They are obsessed with their penises; how big they are, how hard they are, and of course, all the things they are going to do to you with them. As my women friends and I marveled at how much …

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A Story of Resistance: Poetry

In Art & Culture by Nilo ThomasLeave a Comment

I have a story A story of power A story of culture A story of family A story of resistance In this story my people have been Beat down, shut down, persecuted, Exploited, cheated, ignored, And made to be extinct In this story my people have been abused by a racist system that Devalues and dehumanizes their traditions, Their culture, …

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A Beautiful Sound

In Art & Culture by Kandin UngerLeave a Comment

When I was in high school, my favorite artist hands down was Regina Spektor. I certainly loved other artists, and each had their sparkling 15 minutes of fame in my secondary educational career. But Regina surely took the cake. It was mostly because she was the first musician I decided that I, without the supervision of my parents, liked. I …

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Start Within: Poetry and Reflection

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“Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing themselves.”   This quote by author, Leo Tolstoy, has recently been running through my mind. I started thinking about encouragement and self-confidence. Gowing up, I was surrounded by family and friends who motivated me, encouraged me, and supported my passions and ambitions. And this got me thinking about …

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Up Outta Here with That

In Art & Culture by Nilo ThomasLeave a Comment

So this week, Deadline published an article about “ethnic casting” and it has me feeling all kinds of ways. The article claims that the increase of roles going to minority actors has made it more difficult for white actors to be considered for the same roles. The article also claims that “because of a mandate from the studio and network” …

Universities Remain “Uninviting, Unaccommodating, and Unappealing” for Many Faculty of Color

In Art & Culture by Kyle SouthernLeave a Comment

Tenure-track faculty at our nation’s universities perform the core functions of those institutions—conducting research, teaching students, and serving the campus and broader community. Although enrollments by students of color in recent decades have expanded significantly, faculty of color have remained dramatically underrepresented in the four-year professoriate. African Americans represent approximately 14% of the undergraduate population, but 5% of tenured or …

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The Artist: “Finding myself over and over again” An interview with Georgia Tardy

In Art & Culture, Entertainment, The Artist by Kandin UngerLeave a Comment

Enduring inspiration is simply the best. I had been happily surfing the wave of inspiration and reaching out to the artists I knew to interview for the series that Georgia Tardy had inspired me to write. I was feeling motivated and excited. A couple weeks after the panel I attended, I was at a coffee shop called Lyon St Cafe …